Tooth Discoloration – Causes and How to Avoid

Posted on : 06-07-2012 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Preventive Dentistry

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Natural color of teeth disappears if proper care is not taken. It is called Tooth Discoloration. Loosing natural beauty of teeth is a sad thing. You can maintain this precious color and your face beauty by following simple things.

Teeth Discoloration

Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Several things can cause tooth discoloration, such as:

Drinks and Foods

Few drinks are not teeth friendly, such as coffee, tea, soft drinks (especially cola drinks), red wines and other alcoholic beverages. Fruits and vegetables may also cause discoloration or stains on teeth, such as cherries, blueberries, pomegranate, apple or potatoes.


Tobacco is a great threat to the color and health of teeth. You should avoid smoking or chewing tobacco.

Antibiotics and Medications

Use of antibiotics, like tetracycline and doxycycline, can result intrinsic tooth discoloration in the children. Use of tetracycline by pregnant mothers can cause teeth discoloration to the child by affecting enamel development. Other medications can also cause discoloration of teeth, such as antihistamines, antidepressants, and antihypertensive drugs.

Fluoride Products

Oral hygiene products, such as mouth washes and rinses, with high concentration of fluoride can cause staining of the teeth. Frequent and excessive use of fluoride products is also dangerous.


Teeth accumulate stains and tartars with the passage of time, causing it to look dull and discolored. Similarly, enamel that protects the teeth gets eroded away, exposing the underlying natural deeper yellow color.


Genes also affect the oral health. People have different natural color tone of teeth.


Dental Work

Dental work may also cause the discoloration of teeth, such as amalgam restoration containing silver. Silver can cause the teeth color to turn into grayish tone.

Medical Treatment

Medical treatments may also affect enamel or dentin layers, such as head radiation and chemotherapy for cancer treatment.

How to Prevent Tooth Discoloration

You can avoid and control tooth discoloration by making a simple changes in your daily routine and habits.

  • If you drink coffee or smoke, you should consider reducing or quitting.
  • Strictly follow the routine of brushing and flossing daily. Method of brushing and flossing is also important. You should learn the proper method of brushing. You may learn How To Brush Teeth Properly and How To Floss Teeth.
  • It is better to get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist every 6 months.
  • Avoid or reduce foods like cherries, blueberries with dark colors.
  • Use simple home teeth whitening agents.
  • You may consider in office teeth whitening procedure, done by your dentist.


You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi

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